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10/18/2019 to 10/19/2019
When: October 18-19, 2019
Friday, 4pm-9pm; Saturday, 8:30am-3:00pm
Where: Louise McGehee School
2343 Prytania Street
New Orleans, Louisiana  70130
United States

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Early Bird Registration!  Register before September 20th and receive $25 off.

First registrant: $275
Additional registrants from same school: $250

First registrant: $450
Additional registrants from same school: $425


Target Audience

This event is for anyone who is invested in the advising program at their school. This will be middle and upper school focused.


Event Description

By fostering meaningful relationships and stimulating student motivation, advisory time can help maximize student success. This engaging workshop helps educators get the most out of advisory time, whether starting a new program or fine-tuning an existing structure.

Esteemed presenters Barb Ackerman and Joan Mudge cover all aspects of advisory, share both meaningful activities for advisory time and best-practices, and troubleshoot with participants. The weekend culminates in participants creating their own action plans for immediate and long-range goals. The "advisory period" is also put into the broader context of a school's mission for social, moral and academic development. Presenters offer tools to translate this mission into day-to-day advisory activities. Advisors will leave with materials, insights, and methods to be successful.

This two-day workshop will explore:

  • Why make time for advisory? How do we fit advising into busy school days and a full school calendar?

  • The importance of the advisor/advisee relationship.

  • How to prepare advisors to fulfill their significant role in students' lives, and how to help resistant / reluctant advisors to feel more comfortable.

  • How an active advising program can help a school to achieve its stated mission.


Participants can expect to come away with:

  • A free CSEE Advisory Handbook and other resources.

  • Knowledge of advising practices and procedures at a variety of schools from across the country.

  • Strategies for working with individual advisees.

  • Ideas for school-wide advising events.

  • An action plan consisting of immediate improvements as well as long-range goals.

  • Participants are encouraged to bring relevant curricula and activities to share with others.  


About the Presenters


Barbara Dixon Ackerman is co-author of CSEE's Handbook for Advisors and has led CSEE's Advisory Workshop for several years. She teaches Upper School English at Garrison Forest School, where she reinvented the advisory program.

Joan Mudge has taught at Garrison Forest School for nearly 40 years in several capacities: as a history teacher, advisor, College Counselor, and Dean of Faculty. This is her 11th year co-facilitating this workshop with Barb Ackerman.



"I got A LOT of ideas! I have things I will take back to the administrators as well as advisory teams." 

"Inspiring would be an understatement for this conference. If you need a positive life force infusion for your advisory program, this is the conference to attend!" 

"Excellent! Well designed, well presented, great group of attendees. Worth every second. The handbook is great!"

"This conference provided an excellent framework for re-vitalizing our Advisory program, through sharing of best practices and best efforts with honest reflection on how to do it better."



Day 1 – Friday, October 18th
4:00 – 8:45pm

4:00 Introductions and conference logistics 

Session #1:  Getting Advice the Old-fashioned Way - Personal Reminiscences 
Session #2:  Participant Questionnaire and Goal-Setting for Conference  
Session #3:  Revising Advisory Programs - Making Changes to Meet Needs

6:00-7:00 Dinner

Session #4: Mission Statements and Core Values  
Session #5:  What’s Out There?  Characteristics of Programs - Exploring Opportunities and Obstacles (Middle and Upper School Break-out Groups) 
Session #6:  Sharing of Resources - Show and/or Tell

8:30-8:45 Evening wrap-up 

Day 2 – Saturday, October 19th
8:30am – 3:00pm

8:00-8:30 Coffee and Light Breakfast   

Session #7:  The Selection and Preparation of Advisors
Session #8:  Putting the Advising Program on the Calendar - Creative Tinkering 
Session #9:  Strategies for Working with Individual Students 

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch 

Session #10:  Strategies for Working with Advisor Groups
Session #11:  Action Planning and Reporting 

3:00 Conference wrap-up and Evaluation


Registration for this event includes dinner Friday, coffee and light fare Saturday morning, and lunch Saturday afternoon.


Travel / Accommodations

Louise McGehee School is located in the Garden District, about 16 miles from the New Orleans Airport. There are a few hotels in the area to choose from, including the nearby Hotel Indigo (2 blocks away). CSEE is having a Service Learning Event at The Ace Hotel in the days leading up to the Advisory Event. The Ace (1.5 miles from the school) will do it's best to offer reduced rates - based on availability - for those who'd like a room for Friday night. Please call Thomas Moore at The Ace to inquire, and note that you are with the CSEE group: 504.930.3059. The best rates will be given when more rooms are available, so call as soon as you are able!


Please see CSEE's Event Policy to learn more about cancellations and refunds.



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